Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Over the last few years I have been making trails in the woods
behind our house. This trail goes down from the northern wildflower
garden down to a small creek that is normally dry.
Through the years the rains have washed the topsoil off so that the floor of the creek
is bedrock. There are pools of water which are surrounded by large limestone boulders.
In one area there is a small spring which puts out a small trickle of water from the crack
throughout the year.
The leaves are almost all off the trees.
It is a quiet spot within life's turmoil.
When there are sustained rains the leaves and detritus are carried down stream.
Water from the creek ends up in Sugar Creek south of the Frank Lloyd Wright House.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Persimmons (Diospyros) With all the leaves off the tree the persimmons have shown up in variousstages of maturity. The berry is ripe and edible when it is soft and the skin is beginning to split. At this time the calyx is easily plucked out. When ripe it has lost its tannin content and is sweet due to a high glucose content.
Diospyros is Greek for divine fruit or more literally the wheat of Zeus.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Begin forwarded message:
All that buds doesn't bloom. Unfortunately three of the six buds literally fell off to the floor.Two buds bloomed while I was away for the weekend. I returned to this beautiful flower which slowly opened by 10:30 at night. Its always a knockout. As usual the most striking aspect is the pleasantly pungent odor which fills the room.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Nightblooming Cereus - Queen of the Night - Epiphyllum oxypetalum, in
the afternoon sun. This plant is a spineless cactus which has succulent green
leaves. The flower arises from the edge of the leaf and blooms in the night and
only once a year. The flower opens fully only in the darkness of the evening
and has a very pungent odor. By morning the flower is permanently closed.
This specific plant is very old and after a brutal hot summer it has looked pale
green rather than forest green. Because of this I was getting ready to find it
a new home. When I looked closely at it my plans have changed. It has six
buds in various stages of pre-bloom. This plant has never had more than
2 blooms per year. I have brought this scraggly messy friend inside and am
preparing for the bloomarama.
Some of the buds are shown below.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
In the midst of all the dying flowers in the wildflower garden
a nice stand of Salvia has shown up. It fits right in with the fall tree
color. This is Salvia splendens which is also scarlet sage. It was first
described and named in 1822. Contrary to some prevailing thought
I was not there at the time.
As bees enter the flower head for the nectar, pollen from the stamens is deposited on his back allowing for pollination.